Combo: Donate and Market Square
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|Market Square / Donate|
|Set(s)||Empires / Dark Ages|
Market Square and Donate is a very strong combo that allows you to trim down to a deck of only Market Squares and Golds.
 How it works
- Turns 1-3 (ideally): buy Market Square.
- After turn 3: Donate everything except the Market Squares. In response to the trashing, discard the Market Squares, getting one Gold each; your deck will now be 3x Market Squares, 3x Golds.
- Turn 4: Repay your debt.
- Turn 5: Whatever is appropriate to the rest of the board - buy Gold, buy Province, buy Platinum, or start building an engine.
Note that on turns 4 and 5, you are guaranteed to haveavailable, since if you only draw two of the Golds you can just play a Market Square first.
The combo requires drawing at least / or /, and in those cases with strong early cards, it is probably best to open those instead. Assuming you got a / or / opening and bought 2 Market Squares, there is an 8.33% chance of having only on turn 3, delaying the combo. But there is also a 56.82% chance of a hand with at least one Market Square and at least , meaning you could buy a third Market Square and Donate all on the same turn.in your first few turns. There is a 16.67% chance that you open
Alternatively, you could wait until turn 4, hoping to get at least one Market Square and at least, allowing you to buy a fourth Market Square and then Donate, resulting in a 4 Gold gain. Assuming you were able to get 3 Market Squares on turns 1-3, if you didn't draw any Market Squares on turn 3, there is a 97.62% of drawing a Market Square and buying the fourth Market Square and Donate. But if you drew one Market Square on turn 3, the chances of drawing the other in turn 4 drops to 83.33%, making the fourth Market Square a little riskier. And of course, this is not possible if you already drew both Market Squares on turn 3, so in that case, you should stick with the turn 3 Donate.
In a mirror game, it may be beneficial to wait until the turn after your opponent purchases Donate before you purchase your own Donate. This will allow for 4 or even 5 Market Square & Gold pairs. Also, you can trash 1 less Estate than your opponent trashed, securing an early lead.
As noted above, a deck consisting of 3 Market Squares and 3 Gold guaranteeson the next two turns after buying Donate. A deck consisting of 4 Market Squares and 4 Gold can still draw the whole deck, but will produce , allowing you to pay off debt and still have with 4 buys. Decks with 5 or more Market Square & Gold pairs will not always draw the whole deck, but will produce , leaving after debt.